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Blazin’ Pianos performs at our Christmas Party.

This weekend, BAT’s Annual Christmas Party was held at Steinhart Lodge in Nebraska City, Neb. Our amazing entertainment for the evening was Blazin’ Pianos, dueling piano players. Everyone enjoyed singing and dancing along.

The evening also featured our Second Annual Batty Awards! The winners were:

  • Best Back Flip on a Jumping Pillow- Charlie Elmore
  • Most Creative Nickname- Ian Goodrich with Ear Wig
  • Most Check Calls in November 2014- Jon Ellsworth
  • Brokered the Most Loads in 2014- Anthony Harder with over 1,900
  • Built the Most Loads in 2014- Katy Wilson and the National Team
  • Customer Rep Supporting the Customer with the Highest Average Revenue per Load- Krysten Parrish
  • Biggest Suck Up and Moocher of BAT Bucks- Steve Barnes
  • Biggest Supporter of BAT- All the Spouses and Partners of BAT Employees (all guests took home a prize too)
  • The Job Hopper Award (moved positions the most at BAT)- Tie between Ben Caldwell and Jon Ellsworth
  • Brought on the Most New Customers in 2014- Cindy Moreno


Prizes included 42-inch TVs, $300 in airfare, extra vacation time, hour long massages and $100 gift cards. Six prizes were auctioned off using BAT Bucks.

Following the party, we stayed overnight at the Lied Lodge.



COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa– BAT Logistics, one of the fastest growing 3PL providers of transportation services, donated 961 items of food and $1,270 to the Food Bank for the Heartland today.

The donation was the result of BAT’s first food drive, which was held throughout the month of November. Six teams within the company competed against each other to collect the most food and funds. The Customer Service team came out on top with 298 items of food and $65 in funds.

“The less fortunate are the real winners,” said General Manager Ashley Jankowski, who organized the drive.

On top of the food and $270 raised by all the team members, BAT added $1000 to the donation. The food donation weighed in at 770 pounds.

The Food Bank for the Heartland provides food to people in need in Nebraska and western Iowa.

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BAT team members proudly display all the food and funds they collected in November for Food Bank for the Heartland.

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Joe Kier and Shawn Rorie present BAT’s monetary donation to Brian Barks, Director of Development and Communications for the food bank.

About BAT Logistics
Backhaul and Track Logistics d/b/a BAT Logistics provides transportation solutions to the shipping community. Our core strength is full truck load services in dry, refrigerated, and rail commodities. Our services are executed using key national carriers with a focus on small to medium sized carriers. We operate in headhaul and backhaul lanes both regionally and cross-country. We also utilize door-to-door rail services that cover the entire nation. Our industry knowledge and experience using rail transportation gives us a clear and distinct advantage over the competition.

Phone – 7122567260
Fax – 7122567265
20 Arena Way, Suite 2
Council Bluffs, IA 51501


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It may be known as Black Friday, but Nebraska Cornhuskers fans hope to see all red on Friday. The Huskers will visit Kinnick Stadium to face the Iowa Hawkeyes for the Heroes Trophy.

The Hawkeyes won last year, but the Huskers lead the rivalry, 28-13-3.


Ben Caldwell and his wife at the Nebraska-Rutgers game earlier this year.

You may have heard of houses divided, but BAT could be considered a business divided. We have at least five on Nebraska’s side, and two on Iowa’s.

In fact, two of our team members have a friendly bet for the game. If Nebraska wins, Iowa fan Eric Damon has to come to work on Monday dressed in Husker gear. If Iowa wins, Nebraska fan Mike Wajda has to come to work dressed in Hawkeye gear. Eric will be at the game.

“It will be the first time I’ve gone to a game in Kinnick since high school,” he said. “I played college football, and could never go. And then, I started working in restaurants after college and was always so busy.”

At least one of our Nebraska backers isn’t confident.

“I am all for the Huskers, but I am nervous after our performance against Wisconsin,” Katy Wilson said. “I think it is anyone’s game at this point, and Iowa has our number. So, I think the Huskers will win, but not by more than a touchdown.”


Why Spelunking? Learn here.

You may have heard that Nov. 15 was Guinness World Record Day. You may have even attempted to break a record on Saturday.

This week, two records were set in the shipping industry with the largest container ship and largest engine ever constructed. To learn more, read Hellenic Shipping News Worldwide’s article, “Newbuilding Sets Two New World Records.”


Why Echo? Learn here.

On this Veterans Day, we would like to thank all of veterans, especially the three who work at BAT Logistics.

Operations Carrier Manager Anthony Harder served in the Army for just more than nine months in 2010 as a Multichannel Transmission System Operator/Maintainer. He was medically discharged after suffering a back injury.

Sales Account Executive Benjamin Caldwell served in the Army from 2001-2005. He was a 91B, then a 91W Medic with his highest rank earned being a Sergeant E5. His last duty station was managing the Joel SRC.

President/Owner Shawn Rorie served in the Army from 1986-1989. He was on the flight crew on CH-47D Chinook Helicopters at Ft. Campbell in Kentucky.

One way all of us can give back to our veterans is to donate to causes that benefit them and their families. Two of our favorites are Operation Homefront and Fisher House Foundation.

Operation Homefront helps military families with financial assistance, support for wounded veterans and their caregivers, and recognition to show appreciation to military spouses and children.

Fisher House provides housing for families of patients being treated at VA medical centers. The foundation also supports military families with programs that donate frequent flyer miles, provide scholarships and award grants to other military charities.

In 2013, BAT was verified as a Veteran Owned Small Business.

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Happy Halloween! We go all out on everything we do here at BAT, including dressing up for Halloween.

We have everything from witches and wizards to former leaders to food represented in our office today.

Ian Goodrich as the Demon of Height won the costume contest. For second place, we had a three-way tie: Jon Ellsworth (Rufio), Steve Coenen (Sylvester) and Mike Wajda (Harry Potter).


Back (left to right): Eric Damon as Nixon, Jon Ellsworth as Rufio (from Hook), Mike Wajda as Harry Potter, Joe Kier as Guy who didn’t have time but wanted to still dress up, Steve Barnes as Julius Ceasar, Ian Goodrich as The Demon of Height, Anthony Harder (in front of the demon) as The Dark Prince, Ben Caldwell as a Pirate, Charlie Elmore and Katy Wilson as Twins
Front (left to right): Rebecca McLean as a 50’s Gal, Katie Forney as an M&M, Steve Coenen as Sylvester, Ashley Jankowski as Ursula the Sea Witch

We would like to wish the best of luck to all participants- especially our own Cindy Moreno- in Rockdale Baptist Church’s Flapjack 5K and Short Stack 1 Mile Fun Run tomorrow morning.

Cindy Moreno at the conclusion of a race she participated in earlier this year.

Cindy Moreno at the conclusion of a race she participated in earlier this year.

BAT Logistics is a Gold Sponsor of the Flapjack 5K and Short Stack 1 Mile Fun Run. The race will benefit the Family Ministries at Rockdale Baptist Church in Conyers, Ga. Money raised will help fund its Children Camp and many other outreach programs that focus on children and families.

Those who wish to participate, but haven’t registered, may sign up to race Saturday morning, according to Rockdale Baptist Church’s Facebook page. T-shirts are not guaranteed for those who register on site.

When searching Boss’s Day, the first thing that comes up (besides today’s date) is an article about how to handle bad bosses. Then, another article questioning the day.

Bad bosses appear to be a trending thing. Fortunately, BAT’s bosses, Shawn Rorie and Jarrod Marinello, aren’t a part of that trend. Here’s what a few members of the BAT team had to say about Shawn and Jarrod:

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Shawn Rorie

“I love working for BAT Logistics. Shawn has created a fun, enjoyable, but productive working environment. I truly believe he has all our best interests and success on his mind. I can’t thank Shawn and BAT Logistics enough for this opportunity!” – Ian Goodrich

“Shawn is such a down to earth guy and really great to work for. I have worked in a large corporate setting and often never saw the owner of the company. Shawn is the exact opposite and is involved and hands on when it comes to our day to day business. He has worked hard for all he has and wants all of his employees to be just as successful as he is. I am so lucky to work for such an innovative leader!” -Katy Wilson


Jarrod Marinello

“From my experience, this company is truly one of a kind. It’s not too often that you can work for a company and wake up in the morning ready to go to work, excited to be a part of! The encouragement and opportunities that are laid at our feet with the sky’s the limit and nothing holding you back  but yourself motto is second to none. I believe what these two dudes have started is more than amazing, and I am extremely grateful to be a BAT. Thank you Shawn and Jarrod!” -Charles Elmore

“I appreciate all the opportunities that Shawn and Jarrod have given our whole team at BAT Logistics.  The leadership and inspiration is different than any company I have worked for.  The food is tremendous along with the unlimited coffee and creamer is what keeps me coming back.  I wish them a happy bosses day and am excited to see what the future brings.” -Ralph Blank

“Thank you Shawn and Jarrod for giving me the freedoms to create my own destiny here at BAT!  I have never felt more appreciated or valued on a team like I do here.  Both of you have instilled trust and faith in me that have allowed me to do my job bigger and better and that is priceless.  Thank you for showing me that I am capable of so much more than I ever imagined!  Cheers to you guys!” -Krysten Parrish

“Thank you both for being the best bosses! Your determination, hard work, love and knowledge of this industry and your hearts for people have made BAT what it is today and has also created a fabulous work place!” -Cindy Moreno



Ian flips.

On Saturday, we held our Fall Family Outing at the Rorie Farm, BAT President/Owner Shawn Rorie’s property.

The day included lunch, games, horseback rides, jumping pillow and a hay ride.

“My family and I had a great time,” said Ian Goodrich. “My favorite part was probably my son riding a horse for the first time or me and Charles doing flips on the air bubble!”

He added that events like this shows that the company cares and enjoys its employees.


If you haven’t heard yet, The Big Bang Theory team of Steve Barnes, Ralph Blank, Charlie Elmore and Shawn Gach won the first ever BAT Games. The Games were a training and team building event through transportation trivia and physical challenges.

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Charlie Elmore won Noodling Around.

“All in all, I think team work, the willingness to help each other out and a nice blend of teammates really sealed the deal for us,” said Barnes.

He explained they figured out their strength was in trivia- he and Blank had a great deal of experience, Elmore had worked in different divisions and Gach was a newcomer who had some of the information fresh from training. But, the team also won four of the physical challenges.

“I gotta give a shout out to Shawn Gach for shaking his Kleenex box like a backup dancer in a rap video, Charlie for his steadiness with a spaghetti in his mouth and a special shout out to Ralph who could bounce erasers for a living, if he wasn’t a broker and also bringing us home with the Chocolate Unicorn when all the chips were down,” Barnes said.

Winners were:

  • Speed Eraser- Ralph Blank
  • Noodling Around- Charlie Elmore
  • Bite Me- Katie Forney
  • Nose Dive: Anthony Harder and Charlie Elmore (Harder won tie breaker)
  • Mad Dog: Chuck Kizer
  • Chocolate Unicorn: Ralph Blank
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Chocolate Unicorn


Check out our photo album of the Games on Facebook!